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Ed Rampell

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Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

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The film, chronicling the Pentagon Papers, is extremely of the moment as another tyrannical president seeks to undermine the free press as he and his administration are under investigation. more

Dec 23, 2017 10:09 AM Dispatches

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Tackling a mysterious Cold War-era death and CIA wrongdoing in groundbreaking style, 'Wormwood' is arguably among the greatest films of all time. more

Dec 15, 2017 11:28 AM Dispatches

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From October of 1947 to roughly 1960, more than 300 artists were banned from working in the movies by HUAC unless they recanted their lefty politics. Seventy years later, this event is reenacted. more

Nov 1, 2017 12:21 PM Dispatches

Hall’s harrowing, hard-hitting drama could be titled “The Worst Years of Their Lives.” more

Oct 27, 2017 10:14 AM Dispatches

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Tinseltown’s formula for dramatizing actual political controversies is to combine an entertaining, plot-driven storyline with history, compelling characters, and star power. more

Sep 27, 2017 3:14 PM Dispatches

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Kino Lorber

Despite its gloomy subject matter, the film offers some hope. more

Sep 22, 2017 2:23 PM Dispatches

In Shot, Kagan shows us how a random shooting in Los Angeles affects the victim, and the shooter, too. more

Sep 15, 2017 2:22 PM Dispatches

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An ideal film to open over Labor Day weekend, Dolores is a stand-up-and-cheer biopic about one of the American left’s iconic heroes, Dolores Huerta. more

Sep 1, 2017 4:10 PM Dispatches

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“Zero Dark Thirty” was a despicable piece of pro-CIA propaganda, but with “Detroit” the filmmaker has redeemed herself. more

Aug 3, 2017 3:24 PM Dispatches

“Comedians can say things journalists can’t...They cut right to the chase, tell you what’s going on—and make you laugh about it.” more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine

In concentrating their attention on Gore, the filmmakers have created a fawning depiction of a flawed politician. more

Jul 28, 2017 10:00 AM Dispatches

With stunning cinematography, bizarre sensuality, and heaps of humor, Jodorowsky recounts in creative, entertaining ways his adolescence growing up Jewish in Chile (his parents had emigrated from Russia) more

Jul 14, 2017 1:26 PM Dispatches

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Robbins and Moyers talk about their mutual distress over the current Attorney General’s opposition to bipartisan prison reform. more

May 18, 2017 5:33 PM Dispatches

"I hear this “Pow!” and look over and people are fleeing and I see Erin limping away, clearly in pain. I thought, Oh, my God! Why did they shoot Erin?" more

May 11, 2017 1:42 PM Dispatches

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The image of Assange that emerges in "Risk" is complex, contradictory, controversial, and often troubling—and he may have severed ties with Poitras as a result. more

May 3, 2017 3:25 PM Dispatches

“This Land is Our Land! This Land is Our Land! It is not your land, because it’s our land! Because we bought it. That’s why it’s our land! This land belongs to him and me! ” more

Apr 25, 2017 10:24 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

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Mona Shaikh

Her work has been banned in her home country Pakistan, which she’s described as “a land of virgins,” and she’s even received death threats. more

Mar 23, 2017 9:12 AM Dispatches

Travel ban on Hades... more

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

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By presenting the often overlooked female indigenous point of view, the filmmakers of the Native Women in Film Film Festival are pathfinders, blazing new trails in cinema and culture. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:08 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

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Hollywood Reporter

Almost half of the 2016 tenth annual Progie Awards—which highlight progressive features, documentaries, and artists—have been awarded to African American talents. No “diversity drought” here. more

Feb 25, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

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